Saturday, April 7, 2012

Washington Ex-mayor Marion Barry Under Fire for Racist Smear

Washington Ex-mayor Marion Barry Under Fire for Racist Smear: Washington's controversial former mayor Marion Barry has come under a fresh storm of criticism after he attacked "dirty" Asian-run businesses that operate in poor parts of the US capital.

Barry, a leader in the civil rights movement whose mayoral stint was marred by his arrest for drug use, went on the offensive as he won the Democratic Party's primary for another term representing Washington's poorest ward.

At a rally, the 76-year-old said that African Americans -- who make up the overwhelming majority in his Ward Eight -- should replace the fast-food restaurants and other businesses run there by Asian Americans.

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